06-12-2008, 02:57 AM
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Heh, I actually looked into that. My girlfriend is actually into a lot of those silly promotional things. For example, she collects the Coke codes from the caps. She managed to get everyone she knows to save up their codes and donate them to her, and eventually she got a $150 gift certificate to Adidas.
She said that actually, the aquarium deal is legitimate. She's done promotions with that company before. I looked into doing it myself, but in the end it's too much work to be worthwhile. You have to sign up for a lot of stuff, like free trials of products and whatnot. A lot of them will auto-enroll you in subscription plans and things of that nature, so you really have to stay on top of it to make sure you never actually get billed for anything. Not to mention, they require you to sign up for several different things at different "levels." The highest level (platinum, I believe) usually has you doing things like signing up for credit cards. The vast majority of platinum level things (like the credit cards) are absolutely terrible ideas and it takes a long time to wade through the platinum offers in order to find ones that are easy/safe to do.
So, in the end, you *can* actually get a free 40g aquarium out of that deal, it just requires a lot of work and patience on your part before you'll ever get your hands on it. My girlfriend got a nice coffee maker for free through one of those deals, but she had a lot of wading around on the internet to do and it took a long time to get the coffee maker, but it was actually free.